Cornelia Van Cortlandt. Pierre's spirited second daughter. was mistress of the Upper Manor House during the Revolutionary War. Wielding a broom, she drove insolent British soldiers off the porch alter they vainly sought her father. telling them, "It becomes not such as you to call my father a rebel." She helped thwart American General Benedict Arnold's treasonous effort to betray West Point to the British by refusing to turn over an American uniform to an untrustworthy associate of the traitor. She and her husband, prominent businessman Gerard Beckman, purchased the Upper Mills of the Manor of Philipsburg after the war. After his death in 1822 she laid out part of the 900-acre estate into streets and building lots and sold the sites. The resulting hamlet became the nucleus of the future Village of Sleepy Hollow.
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